The SISU GTP 4x4 recently selected for assessment as the future armoured 4x4 for the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF) is fitted with independent suspension axles manufactured by Texelis, the French company announced on 15 July.
The Finnish Army recently announced that the test series of the vehicle will be used to acquire information on the vehicle’s capabilities with regard to the FDF’s future mobility requirements, both in Finland and on crisis management operations. The GTP 4x4 has also won a Latvian MoD procurement competition.
The Texelis T700 axle, designed in partnership with Timoney of Ireland, is a modular driveline for military and commercial vehicles with gross axle weight requirements of up to 7,000kg. The axle system uses proven modular sub-assemblies, including Texelis wheel hubs and differentials in conjunction with Timoney’s independent suspension technology.
“We selected the Texelis axle system as it is a proven solution suitable for the purpose. Also, the T700 from Texelis is an off-the-shelf product and as such favourable also from the security of supply point of view,” explained Jyri Ahonen, VP Military Vehicles at Sisu Auto.
The SISU GTP has been designed with high levels of mobility for the harshest environments; to be modular to fulfil a range of tasks, including troop and logistic carriage, reconnaissance and command and control; easily maintained; and protected up to Stanag 4569levels of both mine and ballistic protection, with add-on armour available as an option.